James Carlini

Freelance Writer

James Carlini, MBA, is a strategist for mission-critical networks, technology and intelligent infrastructure. He has been the president of Carlini & Associates since 1986. He is author of "LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY," a visionary book on the convergence of next-generation real estate, intelligent infrastructure, technology, and the global platform for commerce.

His “Platform for Commerce” definition of infrastructure and its impact on economic growth has also been referred to by the US ARMY Corps of Engineers in their Handbook, “Infrastructure and the Operational Art.” (2014)

His firm has been involved with applying advanced business practices, planning and designing mission critical network infrastructures for three decades.

He served as an award-winning adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University’s Executive Masters and undergraduate programs for two decades (1986-2006).  He has been the keynote speaker at national and international conferences.

He also appears in civil and federal courts as well as public utilities commission hearings as an expert witness in mission critical networks, network infrastructure and cabling issues.

He began his career at Bell Telephone Laboratories (real-time software engineering), AT&T (technical marketing & enterprise-wide network design support for major clients) and Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young, Director of Telecommunications & Computer Hardware consulting).

Contact him at james.carlini@sbcglobal.net or 773-370-1888. Follow daily Carlini-isms at www.TWITTER.com/JAMESCARLINI.

Articles by James Carlini

November 2017
With all the talk about advancements in so many categories of building cabling, wireless networks that support in-building communications, resilient mission critical infrastructure, and adding new intelligent amenities into next-generation real estate, how far have we really come in 30 years? READ MORE
October 2017
Years ago, I talked about capturing the lost customers in regional economies and creating a more vibrant local economy across multiple venues. For example, you have one venue that is generating a lot of daily customer traffic. Let’s say it is a conference/convention center. It gets 10,000 people to come in for a convention. READ MORE
September 2017
When it comes to advancing in the electrical construction industry, everyone needs to participate in ongoing education. There are just too many new developments and industrial initiatives happening that need special attention to learn how they fit into the ever-changing and expanding electrical industry. READ MORE
August 2017
At the end of last year, I wrote an article about new business possibilities for electrical contractors in 2017. READ MORE
July 2017
Have you noticed the lack of good product seminars from companies making electrical products for buildings and data centers? Companies need to go out to update electrical contractors, project managers and system designers on their products and new systems. READ MORE
June 2017
If we don’t rebuild American education, we won’t be able to build in America or buy American. When it comes to educating the next-generation workforce for 21st century jobs, we need to step back and understand the educational process of how we train and graduate people out of high school as well as college. READ MORE
May 2017
What we have been installing in buildings and data centers for years that could be a lethal element for a terrorist attack? If you are some “certified infrastructure designer” or hold some cabling design certificate from CISCO or some other network infrastructure vendor, and you don’t know the answer, this is a must-read article for you. READ MORE
April 2017
Electrical contractors used to focus on the initial construction phase of a building. This was the “bread-and-butter” phase where contractors made their money. That business model is not the model for today or tomorrow. READ MORE
March 2017
In any industry, those who are connected get the jobs (no pun intended). It’s no different in the electrical construction industry. If you are reading this column, you are already part of the “in crowd” (Intelligent Infrastructure Insights). You want some pragmatic insights into where the action is, or will be for 2017, and well into 2018 and 2019. READ MORE